Echoing a timeless elegance, the Nordheimer is a building steeped in history. In 1848, the Nordheimer brothers opened a music shop and amphitheatre on this site. Following the building’s unfortunate destruction by fire in 1886, the Nordheimer brothers asked architect John-James Brown to design a store-warehouse for the site. The A.S. Nordheimer store occupied the first two floors of the new building, with the second floor featuring the piano showroom. A small concert hall was also housed in the building which featured, among others, Québécoise singer Emma Albani, composer Maurice Ravel, and the P.T. Barnum Circus. In 1903, Samuel Nordheimer sold the store-warehouse to merchant Alexander Fraser, who agreed upon purchase to keep the “Nordheimer” name on the building. Towards the end of the 1980s, this fragment of Montréal history was integrated into the World Trade Centre Montréal and the InterContinental Montréal. The architecture of the Nordheimer that can be admired today is very representative of what the building was in the past.